Awards & Engraving

2012 Sublimation Report

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Which System Is Right For Me? P RINTERS IN SUBLIMATION ARE LIKE WHEELS ON A CAR. Without them you are going nowhere fast. Whether you are just getting into the business of sublimation or you have been in sublimation for a while now and are ready for an upgrade, buying and researching printers can be one of the most stressful things. You want to make sure you get the right printer without going too small or too large. You want to get the best price you can, because in this market every penny you save counts. In this article, I will try to break them down a bit, explain the differences in a couple of platforms, and help you make the best decision possible when that time comes. With the vast amount of sublimation products out there, it's up to you to decide where your market is and how large a printer you need. BY T.J. KVILHAUG OPTIONS Printers are divided into two categories: large format and small format. Small-format or desktop printers are those with a print width of 24" or less. These printers offer cartridge solutions which make taking an empty cart out as easy as changing the ink on your home printer. A majority of these options print sheet paper at a maximum of 13" x 19" but the 24" models will allow both sheet fed as well as roll paper. Small-format printers also run on Power Driver, which is made by Sawgrass Technologies. It is a color-correction soft- ware with a built-in color profile, which allows your colors to come out nice and vibrant. 16

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